Maintaining the Integrity & Commercial Value of Sports While Protecting Athlete’s Rights (Speaker Information)

Scott Bearby was appointed National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) general counsel in January 2013 after serving in various legal positions at the national headquarters since January 1999. As general counsel, Scott has day-to-day management of the NCAA Office of Legal Affairs and its staff. The department handles legal responsibilities for the national association, supporting its governance and sport committees, 90 championships, and its national office staff assisting the membership and student- athletes. The Office of Legal Affairs also manages litigation involving the national association and houses the enterprise risk management function. Scott added responsibilities as an NCAA vice president in September 2016.

Prior to becoming vice president of legal affairs and general counsel, Scott spent much of his career at the NCAA focusing on media, intellectual property, and championship matters. He was lead NCAA inside counsel for all of the NCAA’s television, digital and other multi-media agreements for the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and other NCAA championships since 1999.

Bearby was a subcommittee chair with the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and has been active with the Indianapolis Sports and Entertainment Bar Association. He was an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law (Indianapolis) for eight years.

Bearby graduated in 1988 from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in government, and received his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington) in 1992. He was in private practice for six years before joining the NCAA. Bearby also is a former Indiana Governor’s Fellow.

Janis K. Doleschal was the Commissioner of Sports and Athletics for the Milwaukee Public Schools from 1974 to 2002. Initially hired as a Co-Commissioner of Athletics, her first assignment was to develop the high school girls interscholastic athletic program. When her Co-Commissioner retired in 1986, she became the sole Commissioner. For approximately her last ten years at MPS, she was responsible for the administration of all high school interscholastic athletics and interscholastic academics as well as the pre-kindergarten through elderly sports programs in the Milwaukee Recreation Department of the school district. Ms. Doleschal has also served as either the Presenter or the Independent Hearing Officer for expulsion hearings for MPS for over twenty years.

Upon her retirement from MPS in 2002, she conducted the “Start Playing Safe” program which offered free risk management assessments to high schools within the State of Wisconsin for ten years. She is an international lecturer in risk management, and has lectured in South Africa, the Hague and the UK as well as many national conferences in the U.S.

She is a current member of the National Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors for Marquette University. She has served on numerous committees for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, and on both the WIAA Advisory Council and Board of Control as well as serving on the Wisconsin Special Olympics Board of Directors.

Her four degrees include an LLM in International Sports Law from Anglia Polytechnic University Law School in Chelmsford, England. She is also a Certified Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. In 1997, she was elected Wisconsin Athletic Director of the Year and in 1999, Ms. Doleschal was inducted into the Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame for her work as an athletic administrator. Recent honors include her induction into the Milwaukee Lutheran High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, both in 2016.

Dave Tamburrino. Two time Olympian and member the 1994 and 1998 United States Olympic Long Track Speedskating Team. As a development level coach, Dave has worked with a number of athletes favored to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Previously served as Chair of the U.S. Speedskating Judiciary Committee, and past member of the U.S. Speedskating Long Track Committee. A former Director with the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Dave is a 2015 graduate of Marquette University Law School and alum of the National Sports Law Institute. Since 2012, Dave has served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Marquette University, specializing in developing corporate partnerships ranging from university beverage rights to securing scholarship funding for students.